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Amitabh Bachchan hospitalized on the sets of Thugs of Hindostan

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Recently, Amitabh Bachchan in his blog had called the shoot of the movie as the toughest ever. However, he had also called the shoot “very energising”.

 

Senior actor and Bollywood Superstar Amitabh Bachchan has reportedly fallen ill on the sets of his upcoming film Thugs of Hindostan. According to reports, the shooting was halted and Amitabh Bachchan was rushed to Hospital. A team of doctors has also been fled down to Jodhpur on a chartered plane to attend the actor. Doctors have confirmed that his condition is stable.

Recently, Amitabh Bachchan in his blog had called the shoot of the movie as the toughest ever. However, he had also called the shoot “very energising”.

The 75-year-old actor had completed the first leg of shooting for Yash Raj Film’s production which also stars Aamir Khan, Katrina Kaif, and Fatima Sana Sheikh. The movie is said to be packed with action and thrill and thus require the actor to train hard.

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‘Without food security,there is no national security’: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu

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Pune | Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Friday said that the prime agenda of both centre and state government should be to make agriculture sustainable and profitable.

While speaking at the concluding song of the national consultation on ‘Making Agriculture Sustainable and Profitable’ under the Swarajya to Surajya series, Venakaiah Naidu said that time has come for a sharper focus on positive bias towards farmers.

“I feel that this should be at the top on the agenda of the government, at the centre, at the states – making agriculture viable and sustainable. This is concerned with the national security. Without food security there is no national security,” said Naidu.

He further added that “One of the new challenges in the agricultural sector is the problem of plenty. We have become self-sufficient in food grains. However, this has not translated into higher income for farmers. Unless agriculture is made profitable, we cannot attract more people, especially youth, to take up farming.”

Chief Minister of Maharashtra Devendra Fadnavis and former agriculture minister Sharad Pawar among others were present on the first day of the program.

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Mamata cancels first China visit as ‘political meetings at appropriate level’ not confirmed by CPC

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Kolkata | West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee cancelled her first China visit on Friday at the last minute as political meetings at the “appropriate level” were not confirmed by the Chinese government

The Trinamool Congress (TMC) chief was slated to leave for China on Friday night for an eight-day visit

She was scheduled to lead a delegation to China under the exchange programme of the Government of India with the International Department of the Communist Party of China

West Bengal Finance Minister Amit Mitra said External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, who is at present out of the country, and Foreign Secretary V K Gokhale were informed about the cancellation of Banerjee’s visit

In a Facebook post, the chief minister said, “In March this year, the Union Minister of External Affairs had recommended to me to kindly consider leading a delegation to China in the coming months under the Exchange Programme of the Government of India with the International Department of the Communist Party of China.”

Noting that she had agreed to the proposal, Banerjee said, “I mentioned to her that since the interest of my country is involved, I wish to visit China sometime during last week of June, 2018.”

Pursuant to letters from the state chief secretary and the ambassador of India in China, a programme was chalked out and the visit was planned, She said

Till Thursday, everything was “going well”, the chief minister said, adding that unfortunately, “the political meetings at the appropriate level” could not be confirmed

“It has now been intimated by our Ambassador in China that the political meetings at the appropriate level under the Exchange Programme could not be confirmed. Therefore, the purpose of my visit with a delegation to China under the Exchange Programme is of no use,” she said.

According to sources in Beijing, the CPC did not facilitate her meeting with any senior leader other than Song Tao, Minister of the International Department of the ruling Communist Party of China (CPC)

The international department is in-charge of conducting relations with various political parties of the world, including India, and hosts and interacts with visiting political leaders

But considering her stature in Indian politics, India had proposed a meeting with a member of the powerful seven-member Politburo Standing Committee, the highest body of the party which governs the country, the sources told news agency PTI

The committee is headed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, who is also the General Secretary of the CPC

Her visit has been cancelled due to the failure of the CPC officials to understand and appreciate her stature both as chief minister and as head of the political party, the Trinamool Congress and the importance of her visit, the sources said

There was no immediate comment from the CPC on the cancellation of Banerjee’s visit

When Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan visited China in 2016, he had met Zhao Leji, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and head of the CPC Central Committee Organisation Department, besides Song

Sources said Banerjee’s visit was expected to be rescheduled as both the countries have been making efforts to improve the relations following the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi providing a new direction to the bilateral ties

Banerjee said although the Indian ambassador in China tried his best to make her visit a success, the non-confirmation of the political meetings “at the last moment”, had “unfortunately compelled us to cancel the visit”

“However, I wish the continuation of the friendship of India and China in the days to come and it should strengthen further in the interest of both the countries,” she added

Banerjee was scheduled to address a high-profile meeting of CEOs of Chinese companies in Shanghai as part of efforts to scout for Chinese investment in the eastern state of West Bengal.

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Congress strategies didn’t help the party but the regional parties

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While Congress is trying to convince the masses that Modi is not the right choice, it is failing to answer- “If not Modi then who?”

 

In the run-up to Gujarat Assembly Elections last year, Rahul Gandhi kicked a storm by calling Prime Minister Narendra Modi the “Weak PM”. The campaign that followed saw an unusually aggressive Congress and Rahul Gandhi. A quick look at the Congress’ campaign in the recent Assembly Elections in the high stake Gujarat and Karnataka and it will not take long to conclude that it was mainly based around one theme: attacking PM Modi and his policies. Though the Congress raised its tally in Gujarat, the fact still remains that several other factors helped Congress achieve the number.

So has the “attack Modi” strategy really helped Congress?

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The lost narrative:

While the strategy of focusing the campaigns on Modi has not proved to be completely successful for the party, it wasn’t a complete failure either. Mounting a direct attack on the PM has earned the Congress President a newfound popularity as revealed in the survey conducted by ABP-CSDS.

The campaigns were able to establish a message -Modi is not suitable for the PM post. But here’s where the faultline appears in Congress’ strategy. While it is trying to convince the masses that Modi is not the right choice, it is failing to answer- “If not Modi then who?” The inability of the Congress to provide a viable alternative to Modi has trapped the party’s campaign in a cycle where anti-Modi narrative consumes most of the part and leaves little room for the party to project any alternative. Simply put, the Congress is telling people about the problem but is unable to provide a solution to it and it is not enough to move masses.

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The Negative votes and Regional parties:

It is said, sometimes people vote on the basis of whom they dislike the least. The best example to understand this phenomenon is the US Presidential election. It is possible that the Congress too is eying to cash on the negative votes against BJP and Modi in particular. In last four years of Modi rule, the government saw more misses than hits. A large section of demography including has turned against the BJP. The anger of minorities and Dalits are at peak in the last four years.

Tapping on the mood of these communities can be a good strategy. However, thinking that the votes of these communities will fall only in favour of Congress will be a euphemism. With a spectrum of regional parties spread across different states of India who cater to particular community or ideology (Shivsena-Maratha, RJD- Dalits, BSP-Dalits) it will be a huge task for the Congress to turn these voters to their side. One year is a shorter period to pull the juggernaut of this task.

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Is Congress strategy only helping regional parties?

In last six months, the country saw a rise of the regional parties which eventually represents the resentment among people against the BJP. But it also represents the unwillingness of people to thus vote for Congress. While Congress campaign is helping build an “Anti-Modi” mood in the country the party itself is devoid of its benefits.

On the other hand, the success of regional parties in the recently conducted Lok Sabha bypolls shows that they have been able to place themselves as a solution to BJP, if not Modi. The alliance between arch rivals SP-BSP paid good dividends in the Gorakhpur and Phulpur bypoll elections. However, the parties are reluctant to add Congress to this coalition. The party patrons, Akhilesh Yadav and Mayawati are also opposed to the idea of Congress being the face of the opposition coalition. Same is the case with KCR and Mamata Banerjee.

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Though Congress will be a part of the anti-BJP coalition, the chances are it will only be reduced to the role of facilitator of the coalition. If it wants to project itself as the leader of the coalition and shift votes in its favour it must provide the answer- “If not Modi then Who?”.

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